Gokujo Hojicha

Tea type
Green Tea
Green Tea Leaves
Caramel, Honey, Coffee, Fireplace, Smoked, Toasted, Wood, Espresso, Roasted, Toasty
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 9 g 56 oz / 1655 ml

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When you drink hojicha for the first time, you might be surprised that it is one of the Japanese green teas. Dark amber in color, this roasted bancha releases an amazingly rich aroma that completely permeates the room. The savory flavor is very distinct; it is rich but light-bodied, without much astringency.

Low in caffeine, hojicha can be enjoyed in the evening as well as in the morning or afternoon. It tastes great on its own, with sweets, or accompanying a meal. Flavorful and refreshing, hojicha is an absolute favorite among Ippodo patrons. It can also be enjoyed chilled!

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the warm wet leaves give me a vague hint of roasted seaweed. i love this tea

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a pleasant tea you could use for a daily drinker. Nothing overwhelming and fills your room with a pleasant aroma. Also low in caffeine so feel free to drink it even in the evening.

Opening the package I was greeted with the pleasant smell of toasty wood.

1st Steep: This came out a light amber color and tasted a lot like a light coffee and green tea mix.

2nd Steep: This powered up the wood and fire taste and it showed in the much darker color. Little resemblance of green tea remained. Still nothing overwhelming however. It left me with a slight pleasant smoke aftertastes.

3rd Steep: This went back into a coffee like taste with hints of smoke.

Further steeps: I lengthened the steeping times as I went on. Not a lot to speak of here. It did not turn bitter at all. The smoke and wood smell began to disappear and went back into the coffee and green tea like mix. After around eight steeps flavor pretty much disappeared even after long steeps.

Overall I do recommend this tea. Its a great one to throw in any time of day.

Flavors: Coffee, Fireplace, Smoked, Toasted, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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little Glass pitcher method (grandpa style):

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell nice! roasted, toasty and crisp

when i smell the leaves wet, its the same as above but also has a aged smell to it (in a good way)

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells same as above but also has a coffee/espresso taste to it! :D

When i taste the brewed tea, it tastes like all of the above! :D

WHAT A WONDERFUL TEA!! :D Hojicha is my new #1 favorite Japanese tea!

many thanks to my wonderful friend Paola for this wonderful tea!

Flavors: Coffee, Espresso, Roasted, Toasty

Boiling 7 g 9 OZ / 260 ML

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